I am almost afraid to say it. I am approaching Caught Up for some of my listings for NewNeedlepoint.com
Also achieved a world’s record for how fast I got a link to my web store in my blog post…I am hot!
I have all the New Books posted and ready for sale. If I post it in my store (unless I actually say otherwise) I have it in stock for immediate shipping . NewNeedlepoint.com is NOT a drop ship store (to clearly illustrate how I feel about drop ship sites, I typed it with a T on the end instead of a P).
I am adding a few more kits & canvases next week. I am nowhere near done with rare/used books. Look for many replacement copies and a lot of new ones early in the new year.
Yes, this is a blatant suggestion, a Needlepoint book would make a great gift for any stitcher you know.
My immediate suggestions are:
Stitching with Silk Ribbon has captured many needle pointers interest. Either of these 2 books would “do the trick”.
THE A-Z OF SILK RIBBON FLOWERS by Ann Cox
Or RIBBON EMBROIDERY & STUMPWORK by Master Teacher Di van Niekirk. The stump work part of the book might be of interest as well, it is raised stitching for a three dimensional effect.
If Momograms and lettering is of interest, this is the Cadillac of books on the subject. I know I love to *sign* my stitching my my initials . LETTERS & MONOGRAMS FROM THE HOUSE OF MALBRANCHE
Maybe your favorite stitcher (or you) are interested in Blackwork (I know I am). This book is from the famous series of Royal School or Needlework Books
RSN Essential Stitch Guides BLACKWORK by Becky Hogg
From the same Series I have a good book on Whitework. RSN Essential Stitch Guide WHITEWORK by Lizzy Lansberry
As well as Goldwork. RSN Essential Stitch Guide GOLDWORK by Helen McCook
Or if Goldwork interests you (me too!) There is GOLDWORK Technique, Projects and Pure Inspiration by Hazel Everett
Speaking if inspiration. This is a gorgeous book, recently re-issued as a new book, it had been popular as a used/rare book.
TAPISSERIE by Hayat Palumbo
or for a small present or stocking stuffer, THE ULTIMATE 3-IN-1 COLOR TOOL by Joen Wolfrom
Then there are my Canvases & Kits. Since it is Christmas, I will highlight just Kits but every Kit you see where is also available as a Canvas Alone.
From Pajamas & Chocolate I have THE BEAR, a hand painted original design.
This great design from Laurel Burch combines Flowers & Animals. Handpainted & a Original design, as well. LAUREL BURCH GREEN DOG
Or for your favorite Beginner, this is a Handpainted RASPBERRY TULIP by Jane Wheeler. This only comes as a kit and includes (for free) the Beginner’s booklet I wrote Needlepoint Stuff No One Told Me When I Knew Nothing.
I plan/hope/wish to turn my booklet into a short book or longer booklet someday. I am told it is helpful.
I have Needlepoint Ornament or Medallion kits in my SPORTS CATEGORY
BOSTON RED SOX 2013 WORLD SERIES CHAMPIONS IN 2 DESIGNS
BOSTON RED SOX undated
BOSTON BRUINS 2011 STANLEY CUP
BOSTON CELTICS 2008 NBA CHAMPIONS
NEW YORK YANKEES BASEBALL IN A SANTA HAT
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
(guess where I am from?)
as well as:
Home Field & Team Needlepoint Canvases Alone or Kits for
BOSTON RED SOX AT FENWAY PARK
FENWAY PARK 100th ANNIVERSARY
CHICAGO CUBS AR WRIGLEY FIELD
NEW YORK METS AT CITI FIELD
NEW YORK YANKEES AT NEW YANKEE STADIUM
These are all in my SPORTS CATEGORY
All is OK with me. Had a terrific Thanksgiving in Boston with my Son & his lovely wife, Polly.
Alfie gets bigger by the day, he is 6 months now. Here he is stalking his favorite toy (the plastic tab that hold the top of a jug of spring water closed)
And, of course I am reading. Most recently Longbourne by Jo Baker. Pride & Prejudice from a whole new perspective ( I think I already mentioned that) and today I finished Floating Staircase by Ronald Malfi. I don’t want to say more except that I am looking for more books by him.
I also read The Sum Of All Kisses by Julia Quinn. I adored the Bridgerton Family series and just about everything else she writes. She is doing books about the Smith-Smyth family now (music anyone?)
letters & numbers, part 2
Wednesday November 27th 2013, 3:44 pm
Filed under: Mostly Books
I am in Boston for the next few days. I am having Thanksgiving with my son & his marvelous wife. I am thrilled to be here staying in the Liberty Hotel (which used to be the historic, dangerous & very violent Charles Street Jail). It is a fascinating renovation with some of the features of the old jail left as decor.
My room is luxurious (I love hotels & adore room service breakfast). The hotel is right across the road (big road) from the restaurant my son runs, the also historic Harvard Gardens. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday and I wish all of you who read this the best, a wonderful Thanksgiving.
I have been on the net for a bunch of years now. I started early on, when you still paid AOL by the 2 minute chunk and the other portal was Compuserve, also by the minutes used.
Still, it can surprise me. I had an email from a reader of my blog (one of the 2 or 3 who actually read it) telling me about books that did indeed have Numbers as well as Letters to stitch. It was an old book, no longer in print.
Her name is Julie Clark and she told me it was OK to use her name here in my blog. She told me about 2 old/rare books that I had never heard about. One was by Marion Broome Pakula. I often have her fine book, Needlepoint Plaids in stock (But do not right now, I wll again when I can find a decent copy). The book Julie mentioned is New Ideas For Needlepointers. I have a copy on order. I am looking forward to seeing it.
The other book she mentioned was 101 Alphabets by Dale Burdett. I was unable to find even a mention of it anywhere. (now, that is a rare book).
The interesting thing here is that there are several old needlepoint books on alphabets & monograms that include numbers. I am always gobsmacked (I love that word) by the contents and instruction in these old, often rare books.
The books I know best are the ones I carry on NewNeedlepoint.com. Below is a list. BTW, while I am away from home the mose I use with my tiny little travel laptop is broken so I am doing the links to the books a different and much easier on a touch mouse way
97 Needlepoint Alphabets by B. Bossuck. B. Bossuck is the author of several excellent needlepoint books. I wish they were still in print.
There are a few others that I do not currently have in stock. I have a huge pile of rare books, mostly replacements for books sold with some new ones mixed in waiting for me to list or re-list them. They include
Letters and Numbers for Needlepoint by E. M. Parker (Eleanor). This book has always been a fast sale, Every time I have it in stock, someone snaps it up. It has become quite rare over the years I have been buying it for re-sale.
As Far as I can remember (which is not far) these are the only books which show numbers to stitch as well as letters but I do have the pile at home waiting for me including the book Julie Clark told me about.
I once (and once only) found copies of this incredible book, new or almost new, for half the cover price. I bought 2, not being familiar with the book and they sold quickly. Now that I know this book, I wish I had bought all the copies they had. Of course, when I tried to find them again all I could find was the book at it’s stated cover price and at that, once 1 source had them.
I agonized over this some ten finally ordered 2. The history here is interesting. Some (or maybe all) of the below is lifted from my web store listing for this book
“Letters & Monograms from the House of Malbranche is an extraordinary and very rare book, despite it’s being a new book. This title is carried by only one publisher and is not always available.
I don’t know what else to say, if you have any interest in monograms or stitched Letters, this is the book. There is nothing else like it, new or used.
From the back cover
” The house of Malbranche is the last French Institution which dedicates itself to the Embroidery of Household Linen. It’s tradition is exceptional. Created in the middle of the 19th century, it contributed to the reputation of the luxury French craft industry by the design and production of embroidered household linens.”
” Intended for the wealthy and for royalty, the Letters and Monograms became classics, well known to the experts. The heiresses of this tradition wanted to pass on, through this book, gthe principle Alphabets and Motifs of the house with technical advice.”
Wow, I did not know any of this before. This is a spectacular book. The Letters & Monograms shown, described and in template here are wonderful.
Some of them are familiar, classic designs whose source I had not known before.
These are perfect for embroidery, they could be easily adapted to needlepoint of you could embroidery them on top of the stitched needlepoint to great effect.”
OK, enough business. Both my son & his wife only had the actual day of Thanksgiving off and while we saw each other every evening, I had the days to myself here in Boston.
Now, this is not complaining. I am in a wonderful hotel and can run (it is cold out) across the streets (plural, there are 3 major roads all coming together here) and annoy my son in his restaurant any time I like but….
Yesterday, I wanted them to have some time together, with such different schedules it can be rare so I suggested they spend the day with each other and pick me up for Thanksgiving dinner.
It was cold but very sunny, a really lovely winter day. I bundled up and walked down Charles Street which was one of the main hangouts and gathering spots of my early hippie years (the 60′s, they say if you remember much you weren’t really there….but I remember some)
It is completely different, The only familiar stores are Gary Drug & the liquor store at the foot of Mt. Vernon Street. Beacon Hill really is a big hill.
Then I crossed to the Public Gardens. Of course no swans or swan boats now but it was filled with people. Dog walkers, families and families with little ones. I gather it is a big deal to see and sit on the Mother Duck & her Ducklings statues. They were put there in tribute to Robert McCloskey’s 1941 book, Make Way For Ducklings. Clearly, it was and still is a popular books. The little ones seem to love seeing them and sitting on the ducklings which all have red scarves around their necks for the cold winter.
I walked around the lagoon and went up on the bridge. Then I sat on a bench right next to the lagoon and *contemplated my misspent youth* (LOL)
A man with what I assumed was his grandson came along and sat across from me. The little boy was out of the stroller, all he wanted to do was touch the ducks (they were everywhere, the swans are housed somewhere for the winter).
While they were by the lagoon the wind took the empty stroller and pushed it into the shallow water. I held the boy (18 months) while his grandad “saved the stroller” . It was very funny.
They went on their way and I finished my walk around the Gardens. I was surprised and pleased to see that the famous statue of George Washington on his horse at the entrance go the Public Gardens was wearing a Red Sox shirt. It was on him like a cape and looked great.
My son later told me the city put it there right before the 1st Series game & it is still there
I miss Boston, it really is still my home. I take the train back to Lancaster tomorrow morning.
Cat & Numbers
As I have mentioned before (I know, I am boring on this subject) I was rescued by an abandoned cat not too long ago. He does not seem to belong to anyone. D. thinks he was part of a litter of barn cats from the huge old barn down the road from him (way rural York County, PA)
We never did find any of his siblings. If they survived, they are feral now but D. still looks occasionally.
Alfie is going to be a big boy, he is 5 months old now. This picture was taken at midnight tonight (Saturday/Sunday) as I was/am trying to write my blog. This is pretty usual these days.
I have been adding new books to NewNeedlepoint.com. In fact, I am just 2 books from being completely caught up with the new books.
This is a fact, only once in the close to 5 years that I have run NewNeedlepoint.com have I ever been completely caught up. It lasted a few days.
I have been adding to my Letters & Monograms category. I find these books fascinating and something most stitchers don’t think about adding to their work, unless it is discreet initials & a date.
I think there are some real possibilities here, not just for Sayings & Slogans & Signatures. I think adding some letters (or numbers) can be a great design element.
Anyway, I had 2 odd revelations while buying & listed these New Alphabet & Monogram books. None of the new Alphabet or Monogram books had Numbers. Not one. I researched this hard. I checked every book I have, in this category. When I was stymied I turned to the experts (of course) .
I called Perrin at Lacis Books out in California. They specialize in needlework books etc and wholesale many of the Monogram & Alphabet books I sell.
When I asked Perrin if any of these books contained numbers, he was surprised by the question. He did not know. He said he would ask the boss, Jules. He said Jules knew everything about all the books.
These are smart book guys so I waited patiently. Many hours later I got a call from Perrin. He told me he was amazed to discover that I was right. None of the books contained numbers as well as letters.
Well! I thought that was bizarre (and it is).
This fit in with another surprising discovery I made this week, about the Machine Embroidery Books I carry. There are just 2 of them. I was fired up by the idea that you could machine embroider your signature or saying on top of the stitched needlepoint, using a regular sewing machine (in fact, most of the machine embroidery is done with a regular home sewing machine).
I added 2 basic instruction books to my Alphabets & Monograms category
The Machine Embroiderer’s Workbook by Val Holmes is one of them
The other is Machine Embroidery Made Simple by Moyra McNeill. They are more or less similar books. They are also similar in another way. Neither of them contains Letters. Forget numbers, there is not a single Alphabet between them. I would have though that script & monograms would be an obvious thing for machine embroidery.
I spent hours last night researching this kind of book. It was almost impossible to say for sure if a Machine Embroidery book had an Alphabet included, none mentioned it. Not one of the many books I find had anyone mention letters or numbers in their reviews.
I read so many reviews my head was spinning.
But back to my main rant. None of these new glossy, interesting instructional needlework books on Alphabets, Letters, Monograms had Numbers. NONE, Zero. I was really shocked. How was this possible?
The only book I have any hope for is Barbara Muller’s Kreuztich Alphabete. It is in German but as one reviewer said, there is hardly any text in the book to begin with, so why should that matter? I am going to order a few copies of this book.
Barbara Muller is the author of one of the Very Best of the Bargello Needlepoint books I have ever seen. It has recently been re-issued as a new book. I have both New & Used copies of this fine book Below is the link and a picture of a new copy of Florentine Embroidery by Barbara Muller.
This is link for the Used copies of Florentine Embroidery. This re-issue means they are no longer a rare book.
I find this very strange, such an obvious oversight. Isn’t anyone out there paying attention?
Want to see the one book I did find about Embroidering Numbers?
Cute, isn’t it?
Well, If I knew how to Machine Embroider I would write a letters & numbers book, Someone should.
I did find some of what I was looking for in my Used /Rare books. I will rant about that in my next blog (sooner than my usual slow blogging, I hope)
What else? The executor and trustee work on my dad’s estate continues to be the *beast that ate me*. The forms, the regulations, the nitpicking by lawyers & brokers is driving me nuts. Forms, forms, forms.
I did get my brand new, from scratch garden all planted & ready for next spring. I even have the Tuteur trellises all set up with Clematis planted around them. D. did quite a bit of the work with me. He was tireless & uncomplaining (2 very good attributes in a man).
My good friend’s husband also helped me. He has a Landscaping Business and while the HOA here at my townhouse does the day by day landscape maintenance, Craig helps me with the big stuff. He & I re-planted all the beds around my house the fall after I bought it.
The beds around the house are sparse, with a very Japanese Garden aesthetic. The new half-moon garden along my patio in back is going to be English Gardeny (I know Gardeny is not a word, it should be).
I have both red & pink roses in there and the main themes are Rudebeckia and assorted coneflowers, daisies & marguerites plus daylillies. I have both the larger one (or at most 2 ) bloomers and the smaller repeat bloomers (Stella D’Oro). There is some other stuff in there, too. Ground covers and various other perennials. I did a stand of Irises around the fake rock which covers my main drain outlet. I will add some annuals next spring to fill in the holes. I also moved my Magnolia tree from in front of a window, where I had kept it shrub size. it is anchoring the left side of the new garden. Now I can let it go.
I know this is all useless talk without pictures but a picture of the garden now would show you nothing. I promise to bury you in pictures next spring.
I try to read the books I download to my iPad in the order I DL them (no reason, just more proof of my deep OCD…yes, I am ironing my sheets later tonight)
But I broke my rule and read Longbourne by Jo Baker. It is Pride & Prejudice and it is not. Very different take, from the point of view of the servants. The book also gave me a close look at the lives and the complex emotions of people who spend their lives *do-ing* for others, waiting on them.
It too, like P & P, is a love story. Many forms of love. I enjoyed it, I do recommend it.
That’s about it. I go to my son’s for Thanksgiving, in Boston. As a chef he has just the one day off. We are going to a fine local restaurant for Thanksgiving dinner. I see no reason why he should cook. Both he & his wife work the day before and he works the day after. I hope his wife & I can go have some fun on Friday (Black Friday!).
Maybe go to a museum? LOL. I am looking forward to it. Alfie is too young and new here to be left alone that long (4 days) with just a pet sitter once a day (no matter how loving a pet sitter it is, and she is). He is going to the very posh Pat Resort (it’s real name) at my vets. They have other, lesser, accommodations but Alfie will have his all private Cat Condo.
This is the actual place, looks pretty nice.
It has glass walls and is 4 stories high. One wall is a picture window to the yard, where all sorts of things go on, like walking the dogs. He has his own cat box on the bottom floor. his own bowls & food (which I bring). A 4 poster cat bed (not kidding) and the wall opposite of the window has a big screen TV constantly playing *Bird TV*.
It is nicer then some of the hotels I stayed in, in my misguided youth (I had some fun).
I am categorizing this blog post as a rant and so it is.
Stitch Books Extravaganza
This is going to be a LONG blog post. Don’t be overwhelmed or put-off, it is mostly pictures & links. You will have to endure very little of my blather (unless I tangent off which is always a danger).
I just had an order for my last in stock copy of Katharine Ireys wonderful stitch book The Encyclopedia of Canvas Embroidery Stitch Patterns. Canvas Embroidery is, of course, just another way of saying needlepoint, not much in use any more here in the USA, still much used in the UK, etc.
Published in the UK in 1968 and re-issued in 1972. This book keeps getting harder to replace.
Then there are so many New Stitch Books, on so many subjects and variations of stitch.
This list, below is not in any sort of organized, by date or published order. It is loosely in what I think or think I remember are the oldest books first but I am doing doing this list from the books themselves (that would be a lot of work, pulling them all out, putting them in order and posting them here, then putting them all back). These are all books currently in publication.
So…..I think the oldest *new book* is this very challenging Stitch BookFrom Batsford Publishing in the UK, Mary Rhodes Dictionary of Canvas Work Stitches. There are stitches in here that I have never seen anywhere else plus I am, in general, a fan of Mary Rhodes books.
Next has to be Father B’s 21st Century Book of Stitches. Father B was one of the early members of the American Needlepoint Guild (ANG) and a long time contributor to the Stitch of the Month. This book, begun in 1982, was updated every few years until this last edition. Father Robert Blackburn is no longer with us, there will be no more editions of this important book
Where would any of us stitchers be without Jo Ippolito Christensen’s book The Needlepoint Book?
There are quite a few SuZy Murphy stitch books. They have all been popular & much used books. She has somehow managed to *compress* all of them into these 2 recent books.
SuZy’s Portable Stitches
and SuZy’s Portable Stitches 2
Then we come to a lot of recent books. In random order.
Ann Strite-Kurz A Potpourri of Pattern
And the sequel A Potpourri Of Pattern Encore
Very well known Needlepoint Stitch Book authors Beth Robertson & Suzanne Howren have a perfect, portable and comprehensive stitch book The Original Stitches To Go
Amy Bunger has a number of very good instructional DVDs out there but this one best fits the just Stitch books category I am doing here. From her How Do You Do That series, A Closet Full Of Stitches
Susan Higgenson’s excellent book Needlepoint Stitches has always been a gold seller here. Until recently I was selling used copies of this book. It has been re-issued with a new cover but the same book inside
The Complete Illustrated Stitch Encyclopedia is all that and a bag of chips (sorry, I couldn’t resist)
June mcKnight is a famous Needlepoint Book author and for good reason. Her books are always comprehensive, easy to use and cover so many different aspects of Needlepoint. I carry all of June’s books on NewNeedlepoint.com but these 5 popped up when I thought of just stitch books.
Spooky Stitches (good timing or what?)
Architectural Stitches for Needlepoint, a useful and well organized book
The always popular Colorful Stitches for Over-Dye Threads.
Holiday Stitches for Needlepoint (and this is the season)
and of course Christmas Stitches for Needlepoint (Christmas gets closer every day)
I was unsure if I should include Sandra Arthur’s The Shapes of Needlepoint books Series 1, 2, 3 & 4. They are, strictly speaking, not stitch books but……
So, I will include the picture of the most recent, Series 4 and the link to the category wh find all 4 of them, I have them all in stock
The 2 recent books from Stacey Tombros & Elaine Oliverio have been Hit Books. Who would have thought, Needlepoint Best Sellers? I love it. I have both in stock and recommend them as gifts.
The most recent, Stitch Ins & Outs
Wow, this has been a heroic undertaking (I know, hardly that but I get to say it anyway). What else?
D. & I have finished installing the new garden. it will be very fine come spring. The only thing left is to put together the tuteur for the clematis. Since I am more mechanical than D. is, I get to do it. It came in a flat box in about 100 pieces.
I am reading too, of course but I am tired & hungry so this is it for tonight. I hope you find my list useful or at least interesting.
difficult to type
First of all, I want to show you why it has been difficult to type and keep up with my store blog (this is THE best excuse for it I have ever had).
ALFIE (aka Alfalfa, if you are old enough to remember the Little Rascals/Our Gang from early TV)
This is him in a (very) rare moment of repose. This is am amazing story.
If you have been reading my blog for awhile you know that last summer my beloved Abyssinian cat Jack T. Cat disappeared from my yard. He was a gorgeous “show-quality” Aby, He ended up living with me after my son’s divorce. We had been together for 6 years. He was smart and had me well trained.
In fact. he was so smart that the consensus is that he was stolen and taken somewhere else. If someone around here had taken him in, he would have found his way home by now and if……well…. Jack had a microchip. There were no inquiries to the chip monitor people. I was truly broken hearted ( I know, old ladies & their cats).
I had not yet started to look for another cat but I was thinking of it. I was over at my friend D’s house when his huge, old irascible fixed tom cat, Fido, set up a huge screech & yowl. We ran outside (D lives way out in the country) and found Fido had cornered a skinny scared kitten.
D says my eyes got big and my mouth dropped open. I grabbed the poor kitten and brought him inside. I fed him (he ate non-stop, all the food I gave him and started on Fido’s food). I did not want him to get sick to I took the rest away from him.
The kitten spent the rest of the day on my lap and slept as close to me as he could. Fido was mad as hell so I took the new kitten home the next day. I did not have a cat carrier with me and D did not have one (imagine trying to get Fido in a carrier, you would be shredded).
I got in my car with the kitten and he headed right for my feet & the petals. Not good. D found an old funky antique birdcage and the kitten happily rode home in it.
Well, he has seen the vet, there is nothing serious wrong with him, just abandoned cat stuff (fleas, mites etc). he has no microchip so I can keep him.
Alfie is lively, friendly, and PLAYFUL. Anytime I sit here on my desk it is playtime. He is relentless. I have had to wrap the cord between my keyboard & the mac with electrical tape. He almost chewed through it (yes, old fashioned. I have the cordless keyboard, love my old keyboard much better).
Anyway, Alfie was (we think) one of a number of sibling kittens who were brought out to the country and dumped. For days after D saw other similar kittens flash by and heard a little meow of 2 but so far, we have not found any of Alfie’s siblings. I wish we could. He would love a playmate.
What kind of person would do that to 4 month old kittens, drop them off in the middle of nowhere to fend for themselves or die?
Anyway, That and the ongoing executor work gobble up (a Thanksgiving reference) much of my time.
And D? Yes, I have what I like to call a Gentleman Caller. I met him (not kidding) on the on-line dating site Our Time, for older people. Somehow in that very sad stew of lonely people , who are mostly not telling the truth about themselves, we found each other.
He is 5 years older then me, partially retired. A major history buff bordering on expert. He lives in an 1700s Log House (not a cabin, there is a difference or so I am told). He loves history and knows so much about this area. His family has been in PA since before the Revolution.
I know almost nothing about Southeastern PA, he is showing me everything. We have a nice time together. We often like the same movies. Don’t have to take turns (each one he likes then one I like, sound familiar?)
It feels strange, at my age, to call him my boyfriend. Significant Other is just wrong. Being that he is a historian, I like the designation Gentleman Caller. We both knew we were right for each other very soon after meeting…(after many emails & phone conversations).
So, Needlepoint (remember that?). I am gearing up for the holidays. I am caught up with listing new books (only 6 very recent ones left).
I have expanded my categories to make the exact books you want easier to find. In books now, as well as my original categories I also have
New Alphabet & Monogram Books
New June McKnight Books
New Ribbon & Stumpwork Books
New Royal School (of Needlework) Books
New BeadWork Books
Most of these books had always been here but all crowded together in the more general categories. They are in both now, the specific & the general. I think they are easier to find.
A few standout New Books are Roses in Silk and Organza Ribbon by Di van Nierkirk
From the Royal School of Needlework Series is RSN Canvaswork by Rachel Doyle
In fact, this whole RSN category has some amazing Books
RSN Silk Shading
And the Big & Complete Royal School of Needlework Embroidery Techniques. Almost everything in this book is applicable to Needlepoint.
Speaking of, I have several New Goldwork books, full of ideas and techniques for adding sparkle & shine and a number of Stumwork Books. Stumpwork is a wonderful way to add 3 dimensional interest to your stitching.
In fact, now that I think of it, I think I will add a Goldwork & Glitter Book category tonight. (see, even at my age I can *think on my feet*).
I have new Canvases & Kits being entered daily (HA! did you fall for that one?). Ok, weekly? Today I added 2 of 4 new Pajamas & Chocolate’s wonderful Colorful Animals I have.
Sitting Cat, With His Back To You (Looking Over His Shoulder) as a kit or the canvas alone
and The Bear, a slightly larger then usual Pajamas & Chocolate canvas in 13 mesh. He is perfect for a pillow. I have have just the canvas listed so far. I found that I had pulled threads for the kit as if he was 18 mesh, not 13 (DOH) so I have to re-do the threads picture .
I am, as always reading, I just finished a wonderful book, The Bookman’s Tale: A Novel of Obsession by Charlie Lovett. Outstanding.
To finish with a smile. This is a picture of my nephew & his year & a half (or a little more) toddler daughter (my great-niece) at a Halloween event for little ones. He is THE best father ever (and she is not tiny, he is very tall)
I love it
Tuesday September 10th 2013, 11:40 pm
Filed under: Mostly Books
I am tooting my own horn (who else would do it for me). I am 2 books away from being caught up with listing all the New Books that have been sitting here giving me dirty looks. some of them for months now.
Now, if I was an organized and efficient person, this would have been done months ago. But I do have my excuses and reasons, pitiful though they may be.
Still before I toot too much (toot too? sorry all, I lost control there) I still have Rare Books and Kits & Canvases to catch up on. I have some excellent Pajamas & Chocolate Colorful Animals to list. I have 2 amazing Laurel Burch, her Mermaid and a Dog Collage, great stuff.
Also a whole bunch of new Ornament designs from Melinda McAra ( I know, the holidays are fast approaching, but this is better then my usual get them listed in January).
OK, a quick overview. I have 3 new books of Silk Ribbon Stitchery in the Ribbonwork & Stumpwork category
I have an gorgeous book of Silk Ribbon Flowers, the flowers are showstoppers but you need a certain amount of stitching experience to use this book: The A-Z of Silk Ribbon Flowers by Ann Cox
Another similar but different book is The Simple Art of Ribbon Design by Deborrah Henry
This book is for beginners or anyone who wants to learn to stitch these pretty flowers. In addition, the books gives you projects to use your flowers on including corsages, bouquets, hats, wreaths, ornaments & table top decoration (and more)
Speaking of pairs, I have 2 new books on GoldWork as well. In addition to the RSN Essential Stitch Guides Series from the Royal School of Needlework work Goldwork, listed a few weeks ago
I now have 2 more. Goldwork by Hazel Everett is subtitled: Techniques, Projects and Pure Inspiration. A handsome book and perhaps a wonderful gift.
Also the-A-Z of Goldwork from the excellent Country Bumpkin Press series. Same clear instruction as all the books in this series
A few other new books worth mentioning.
Embroidered Portariats by Jan Messant. amazing ideas and techniques for adding faces to your needlework, Most ideas adaptable to Needlepoint.
Folk Art Needlepoint by Ruth Peltason is never before available designs from the American Folk Art Museum, with some background & history of each. Again, not a book for beginners but an incredible gift for a stitcher.
And Finally, but hardly least is Sandra Arthurs 4th book in her Shapes of Needlepoint Series. Series 4 is about Diagonals, Horizontals & Verticals. I found Sandy’s introduction to this book to be fascinating and explained much of what she is doing with this series. Very Interesting. I have customers who buy each volume as they come out.
Ok, it is 12:11 am on Wednesday morning and I still have to clean up (read shovel out) my garage. It has been on my list for weeks now and I will not put it off anymore. Besides, this is the time of days I actually have energy (like you didn’t already know I am nuts).
I have been reading or rereading Marjorie Morningstar by Herman Wouk, written in 1955. I read it many years ago, when I was a teenager, it was a book my parents had. I was fortunate that I was not restricted in any way. I could read what I wanted to and I am grateful for that. My father later told me it did not occur to them to censor me (or my brothers). My whole family was & is readers.
I had a vague memory of the book so I downloaded it and am reading it. It is and isn’t what I remember. I had recently read The Best of Everything by Rona Jaffee (1959). I had only seen the movie (several times) but had never read the book. The book was so different from the movie, once I got over the surprise of that, it was an amazing book.
Between the two I read The Silent Wife by A.S.A. Harrison. There is *talk* that this is the first novel by a lady who died right before publication. That is so sad, after trying for so many years, to finally be published and….. I highly recommend The Silent Wife. It is currently on the New York Times bestseller lists but read it anyway. It floored me. Wonderful book.
Fall promises to be lovely. I am planning a new garden bed behind my patio. I nice half moon shape, I think it will be good. I am cloning some of my amazingly prolific roses to use in the new garden bed.
I am on my 4th heavy bloom, so far this season.
a warning, only partly kidding
If anybody ever asks you to be Executor of a will, run away as fast as you can and hide until they have found someone else. I am warning you here from Hard Experience.
You know that old joke, a shark must keep eating or die. Well, Estate Executor duties & details will snarf up your life, just like a hungry shark. Don’t say I never warned you.
I seem to be (finally) back in NewNeedlepoint.com groove. I was busy listing new books when this current load of work hit me. I am back listing new canvases & books until the next part of my duties kicks in.
I am trying to get the Holiday Ornaments & canvases up, I am maybe a month late with it but that is better then my usual 5-6 months late (like listing them in January!).
I have a few excellent new Ornaments from Melinda McAra. She is a very good NP designer who lives on Cape Cod in Massachusetts. You can tell I am also from Massachusetts since I can spell it. No one who has not lived there can spell it.
Melinda favors the local sports teams and I must agree (sorry, all you other fans of other teams)
I am trying to get them up on my web store. I have new kits for
The Boston Bruins 2011 Championship Ornament
The Boston Celtics 2008 Championship Ornament
The Original Red Sox Ornament I have had before is back in stock
I also have a new Red Sox 2007 Championship World Series Ornament
There is a New England Patriots Ornament already in stock I don’t care what they now call themselves. To me they are the Boston Patriots.
My Holiday Category has more great Ornaments in stock.
Talented Needlepoint Designer, Sandy Grossman-Morris did this hand painted New Your Yankees Ornament
I have 3 very colorful Laurel Burch original design, hand painted Ornaments
The Cat with a Mistletoe Hat
The very popular Angel Cat Ornament
And the Colorful Graphic Ornament
Still in stock are some Ornament designs I have sold quite a few of in the last few years.
The Candy Cane Snowman
The Christmas Tree in the Snow with Metallic Thread Ornaments.
Listed this week, I hope are 2 of Melinda McAra’s New England based Ornaments
Swan in the Public Garden & Sunrise on Cape Cod
Ok, that’s done. Now I have something special. My good friend Patt of Patt & Lee Designs and Pajamas & Chocolate Needlepoint Design has given me a few of 2 discontinued canvases with Stitch Guides to sell at a deep discount. I am glad to do this and pass the discount on to you.
Lady Bug Cat Needlepoint Canvas with Stitch Guide
and The Koi Sampler, also with Stitch Guide, which will be listed as soon as I finish this blog entry. It will be in the Pajamas & Chocolate category, of course
I have a lot more Pajamas & Chocolate to do still but I did get these 2 others listed.
The Sunglass Cat with Stitch Guide, he is stylin’ in his cool shades and fish border.
I love this Halloween Boot with a Scaredy Cat Hiding Inside design. There is a surprise here, the Stitch Guide and the Stitched Sample are by famous Needlepoint Author & Teacher Sandra Arthur.
Whew, that all said. I am doing well, content enough & happy enough. What else could I ask for ? (LOL, don’t get me started).
I recently read of the death of one of my favorite authors, Richard Matheson. He is The master of a certain type of book & story. He wrote I am Legend (great Movie with Will Smith), Somewhere In Time (lovely movie with Jane Seymour & Christopher Reeve) and Hell House (much better then either movie version, much different).
I have most of his books & short stories so I am re-reading them. I did the same thing after Robert Parker’s death, not so long ago. I re-read all the Spencers. Not the Jess Stone or Sunny Randall series, just Spencer. I think we were all a little in love with Spencer, I know I am.
you never know
I had been seriously thinking about letting the Canvases & Kits I sell on NewNeedlepoint.com fade away. While book sales are almost always pretty good and sometimes fantastic it had begun to seem like the stitching part of my web store was a dead duck.
I had planned to quietly let it disappear but then that old duck started quacking ( I like that, silly but fun). In the last few weeks I have been a lot of selling canvases & kits.
What is specially interesting is what I am selling. Of course one of Pajamas & Chocolates colorful hand painted animals, the Schnauzer.
I still have some amazing Pajamas & Chocolates canvases in stock.
Below is The Pug or Boxer (either or)
The adorable Spaniel
The Persian Cat, showing the world her colors and attitude (ok, that is how I see it anyway)
As well as a Pajamas & Chocolate version of Patt & Lee’s very popular Geisha Cats
I have the Owl, The Poodle and 3 more I haven’t listed yet including a Bear. These are all available as Canvas Alone or as a Kit.
But I am off my main point (as usual). What is selling like crazy, all of a sudden, are Melinda McAra’s Baseball Field and Team Kits.
I sold another Yankee Stadium Kit. I have lost count of how many of these I have sold. Many, one customer bought 2 to stitch one for each grandson.
But what was really surprising was that I sold The Mets at Citifield Kit, that is a new one I have not had listed very long.
Also the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field as a kit. Also a recent addition.
So, these 3 canvases are out of stock right now. I placed my order with Melinda today (and had a good time talking to her) and she showed me a new one.
The Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards. They all should be here soon.
I also ordered a Boston Public Garden Swan Boat Ornament, A Boston Bruins Stanley Cup Ornament and finally replaced my long sold Boston Celtics ornament.
Books too, I sold copies of a few books to a good friend, a needlepoint designer who shall remain nameless (of course, you all already know who she is, we started out on eBay together back in the dark ages).
One of the books she bought she was not sure about so I sent it to her *on approval* (sorry, only available to repeat customers) to see if she thought the book would help her. She was looking for color usage, advice & inspiration.
I recommended Trish Burr’s Color Confidence in Embroidery. Although it says embroidery, there is little difference between color use for that and for needlepoint. No difference, really.
The book was a hit and she kept it, saying it was just what she wanted & needed.
Trish Burr may be a familiar name to some of you, she is the author of several other books including Needle Painting Embroidery . Again, no real difference between Needle Painting for embroidery or needlepoint.
I also list her Long and Short Stitch Embroidery. Same thing, same stitch for embroidery or needlepoint. Long and short stitch is one of the great stitches used in Glorafilia Needlepoint, a very versatile stitch. (yes, I have some Glorafilia books too in my Rare Needlepoint Design Books category).
I even have the Long & Short Stitch DVD called The Long and Short of It. The DVD is very Hands-On and a great way to learn. ( sometimes I think I am so clever, mostly I know better).
Anyway, still no Jack T. Cat. I find I am jealous of my friends who have cats. I miss Jack and his bossy “catness” so much.
I am currently reading a new book by Sarah Rayne. I have read all her other books, excellent psychological thrillers, great stories. This book is The Silence. it is different from the other S R books I have read so far. The series is called “ghost books featuring Nell West & Michael Flint” .
I am enjoying it. I am also a huge fan of the book by Richard Matheson, who recently passed away. If you can, read his book Hell House. it has been filmed twice. The older version, The Legend of Hell House is not bad but it is nothing like the book.
He is the author of many other books later made into movies including
What Dreams May Come
I Am Legend
The Omega Man
Stir of Echoes
The Beardless Warriors filmed as The Young warriors
Bid Time Return filmed as Somewhere in Time (love that one)
Any many, many Twilight Zone episodes and more.
To pick up the thread I began early in this blog, before my mind wandered (again) I am keeping the Canvases & Kits part of NewNeedlepoint.com. I am encouraged and that is good.
time marches on (right over me)
Still on word, no sightings, of Jack T. Cat. I miss the little bugger so much. There is no one to tell me what to do now. Jack & I communicated very well. Some of it was familiarity and some of it was just knowing each other so well.
He had a Yes meow and a No meow. When he would nag me, I would tell him to show me what he wanted. And he would. Food, Play, Outdoors.
If someone has him I hope they are good to him, he is an awesome cat
Here he is supervising my work.
I am not ready to get a new cat or kittens yet. When I do they will be Rescue Cats. There is an organization near here, One on One Cat Rescue, that does terrific work setting up foster homes for kittens and having them adopted, at all ages.
I suppose I could be a Foster Home but then I would end up adopting ALL OF THEM. We all (you & I) know this. Below is what I want (kidding, sort of)
I would like a pair. Brother & sister or 2 sisters.
Ok, on to needlepoint (now that I have bored you all to death about Jack & kittens).
I had a good week. I had a nice order from a very nice woman in Arlington, VA. She bought the 2 M.C. Esher like kits
They were both one of a kind canvases. I have no idea whose work they are but they are hand painted by someone very talented.
My customer, Regina, also bought one of my two copies of the extraordinary book, Letters & Monograms from the House of Malbranche.
To copy & paste some of my listing, discussing this excellent book
“The house of Malbranche is the last French Institution which dedicates itself to the Embroidery of Household Linen. It’s tradition is exceptional. Created in the middle of the 19th century, it contributed to the reputation of the luxury French craft industry by the design and production of embroidered household linens.”
” Intended for the wealthy and for royalty, the Letters and Monograms became classics, well known to the experts. The heiresses of this tradition wanted to pass on, through this book, gthe principle Alphabets and Motifs of the house with technical advice.”
Written by a member of the family there are easily recognizable, iconic monograms in here. Things I have seen before but had no idea what they really were.
This leads me to the second part of this new customer. Regina Cassidy is the owner (and all around dog’s body, just like I am here at NewNeedlepoint.com) of a Machine Embroidery web store.
It Takes A Stitch Custom Embroidery does all kinds of work from team wear to banners to tote Bags, well…all of it.
I spoke to her on the phone yesterday and told her about the Machine Embroidered Initials & Dates, Slogans or Sayings I had seen stitched on top of finished (as in all stitched) needlepoint.
I asked her if she could do this. She thought about it for a minute and then said, Yes, of course I can.
I have been working on a piece for years now that I always intended to have a saying embroidered on it, in the center of a lovely floral design. I had done (or am doing) the center in a plain taupe basketweave as a background for this.
The colors are not quite right in my next 3 pictures. There was an odd late afternoon light. The colors are much richer then they look here. I think it will be perfect as a *saying pillow*. Of course, I have forgotten which saying I planned to use but I am sure I can come up with lots more.
Now that I am doing this, I might as well show you my other works in progress. Keep in mind, I have not finished a canvas since I opened NewNeedlepoint.com 4+ years ago (I know, I am ashamed but I have been so very busy which is a lame excuse)
This is my Rooster. I am always a big color changer but I am not sure that doing the border in yellow with the gold center was such a good idea. The white or several other possible colors might have been better but in needlepoint especially, hindsight is worthless.
And the Red Sox Fenway Park canvas hand painted by Melinda McAra. This one is also for sale in my web store in 2 forms. As you see it, with the border and a Fenway Park 100th Anniversary Edition with no border. Both as kits or canvas alone
I Finally (!) got the Stitchers Belt listed. It is hand painted by Danji Designs, the pattern repeats all along the belt. I have 2 of these, available as kit or canvas alone.
The Needlepoint Belts Category has 4 belts listed in it, so far. All sold as Kits or Canvas Alone. I have one more belt to list, a Pajamas & Chocolate Hand Pained design in very male colors.
I hope they sell.
I have just finished John Harwood’s new book The Asylum. I have read all 3 of his books and think he is a terrific writer & story teller. My favorite is still his first, The Seance, however The Asylum is a very good book. One should not be compared against the other. Very different books.
Whew, I am all blogged out now. It feels pretty good, really.
Jack T. Cat
I just wanted to up-date all my readers (I am up to 3 and a half of you) why I have not been here for the last week.
I know I was getting better at posting here, I was having fun doing it again too (not much was fun in my sad last year, I am glad to be getting fun back).
But my beloved (and very spoiled) cat, Jack T. Cat, has been missing for a little over a week now.
I have been roaming the streets yelling “Jack, Jack”. I have posters up everywhere offering a BIG reward.
Everybody in my area knows him, he has many friends here. he visits them in his travels around the cul-de-sac. He has never stayed out all night before.
Anyway, I miss him so much. He was (and he knew it) the alpha creature in his home.
Please hope with me that he comes home.
I will be *regular* blogging again soon.